How To Buff Nails At Home : Nail Buffing

by Sonia on September 25, 2010 · 21 comments

Nail buffing is an integral part of any manicure and actually give the sheen to the nails that makes you go back again and again to the saloon.But you can easily buff your nails at home with a nail buffing set.There are various types of nail buffers :

Nail Buffing

Nail Buffing

  • Discs which are made of a very fine grade sand paper and used to smooth any rough edges on nails.
  • Emery board shape in the form of a rounded rectangular strip.
  • Buffing Blocks which are 3 dimensional rectangular blocks each side with a different grit.
  • 3 in One: a buffer, an emery board and a polisher

Buffing Board

Buffing Board

Nail Filer

Nail Filer

What Will Buffing Do?

  • Smooth out ridges on the surface of nails which indirectly makes your nail polish adhere better.
  • Even out jagged edges.
  • Helps you get rid of dry and dead surface skin making your nails smoother.
  • Stimulates blood circulation to the nail bed which encourages the nails to grow faster and contribute to the general health of the nails.
  • It leaves your nails smooth and shiny so much so that you can skip polish all together and go for glossy natural nails without the baggage of clear polish.And the best part is the shine stays for up to a week at least without chipping!!!

What Buffing Won’t Do?

  • It won’t shape your nails.Nail buffers are way too soft for that.Use an emery board or a nail filer instead.
  • It won’t magically vanish nail surface stains in 1 go or for that matter even 2 or 3.Continued usage will yield results but by the time you do that your nails will grow which means you won’t require it anyway.
  • Some people tend to think that buffing will make their nails pink and in the process buff more vigorously.This is absolutely not true.Buffing does help increase blood flow to the nail bed which might give the appearance of pinker nails, but it cannot change the colour of the nails by itself.Nail is transparent remember?
  • Buffing cannot remove or soften nail cuticles.Cuticles are the fleshy part that extend from the nail bed on your nails.You can use a cuticle cream to soften and push it back.

Emery Board

Emery Board

How to do Nail Buffing?

  • Start by cleaning the surface of your nails with a cotton dipped in nail polish remover.
  • Using nail clippers clip your nails to desired size.File your nails according to the shape you want by using an emery board or nail filer(An emery board is more hygienic and less harsh than a metal or glass filer).The oval shape is best suited for your nails as it gives more structural strength to your nails.
  • Using the grade 1 buffer start buffing each nail one by one in the same direction.Use fluid linear motion and make sure to cover the edges of the nails as well.Do not use more than 4-5 strokes for each nail.this will take care of any ridges on the nails.
  • Use a soft cotton cloth to wipe your nails.
  • Now move onto the second grade which is suited to smooth out smaller ridges and give shine to the surface.Again start buffing each nail one by one in the same direction.You could use fluid linear motion like you did previously for grade 1 or use small circular motion making sure to avoid any sawing motion.Do no use more than 7-8 strokes for each nail.
  • Finally use the third grade in gentle superficial motions to shine your nails.This is the smoothest part of the nail buffer and you can use up to 12 strokes.
  • Clean using a soft cotton cloth and see the shine to believe it.The first time you do it you will be amazed at how smooth your nails are and they shine like crazy.I always like to finish it off with my Oriflame White Tip Pencil under the nails to convert it into a French Manicure without any polish.

Oriflame White Tip pencil

Oriflame White Tip pencil

You Should Not Buff Your Nails If :

  • You have brittle nails.
  • You have thin and bendy nails.
  • Your nails are chipped.Buffing should only be done after you smooth out the surface of your nails with either a nail clipper or filer.

A Homemade Alternative to Buffing:

  • You could use a soft cotton flannel cloth(tear up old pj’s) and a hand cream to achieve the same result.This is also milder than the regular nail buffer.

Keep In Mind While Buffing :

  • Make sure your nails are dry and clean before starting.Wet nails are more prone to breakage and damage.
  • Do not buff your nails more than once a month.Continued buffing will result in brittle and dry nails.
  • Use gentle, light unidirectional strokes and never use back and forth strokes.Never use a sawing motion.It will do more harm than benefit.
  • Stop immediately if you experience any burning sensation,redness or if your nails become hot.This means you have used vigorous strokes and might be harming your nails.
  • Sit in a comfortable position.Sit on a straight chair and place your hands on a table.The position in which you sit makes a lot of difference.
  • Never use an emery board or filer to buff your nails.Use a fine grained buffer.You should just barely be able to make out the grains on the buffer when you touch it.

Some Recommendations for Nail buffing Sets:

  • Faces Canada 3-1 Nail Buffing Set and Emery
  • Vega Buffing Block
  • Oriflame 3-1 Nail Buffing Set

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rids September 25, 2010 at 8:00 pm

yups have a buffing set … and i absolutely adore it :) nice post

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Sonia September 25, 2010 at 9:15 pm

Thanks Rids

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Giasaysthat September 25, 2010 at 8:22 pm

Nice :D
Thank you for the information sonia

I have a question for RATI,
I found ELF products in a makeup store here
and they were selling this eyeshadow netural pallete for around 300 bucks
You think i should get it?
What’s the price in of ELF in delhi?
I know it’s hardly available in India still :)

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Rati September 25, 2010 at 10:50 pm

We don’t get ELF in Delhi.. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep:

And we also don’t get NYX here :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry:

Now you only clean my flood of tears…. :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: :cry: I am still crying :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :weep: :cry: :cry: :cry:

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Rati September 25, 2010 at 10:51 pm

And I’ll cry even more if we don’t that those charcoal black head :sick: :sick: strips…

Not crying right now… :-| :-| :-|

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Giasaysthat September 26, 2010 at 12:28 am

The only way to clean your FLOOD OF TEARS is by ME DOING A REVIEW :P
hahaha :rotfl: :rotfl: :rotfl:
that will make you so jealous of MUMBAI :-P FOR THAT “ONE”REASON
haha
okay i will check the ELF products out there..
they also had the ELF compact and all :P
when i saw it, i imagined you looking at it…You would have bought it THEN AND THERE :p naa?
But then i am not a makeup person :P
so..
I was really happy to see it!
But i asked him whether he’s going to get more ELF stock and he said YES :D :chic:
So lets hope :)
i will surely let you know once i get it :D
i also want to make sure whether they’e original :-|
But will shop only after my exams :cry:

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Rati September 26, 2010 at 10:02 am

checkout some of the reviews on net for elf products before purchasing.. :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug:

I am super J :alien:

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Nimi September 25, 2010 at 9:08 pm

Hi sonia,
Thnx for this post.
Hv just ordered & got the Oriflame Nail Buffer Set few days back. Yet to use.
This post wd surely b v much helpful.

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Deb September 25, 2010 at 11:20 pm

Sonia i completely agree that buffing give the nails new life…you got me wondering about where to find the White tip pencil :D I just adored the idea….

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Rati September 25, 2010 at 11:26 pm

Sonia, thank you for the article. :) Am going to purchase buffer set tomorrow. Never realized that it’s could be so magical.. :yes: :yes:

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neha September 26, 2010 at 12:02 am

hi sonia
i am a total nail person
i have all three..the d faces , oriflame and vega one
and the white tip pencil too
and also a block i got free with street wear make up
totally love pampering my nails :beauty:

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veena September 26, 2010 at 7:27 am

rati we get NYX in blore :-D ,
why nobody noticed that colour of nail paint in the first pic :-* ? am gonna hunt it down :fighterf: :fighterf: :fighterf:

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Rati September 26, 2010 at 9:58 am

Which colour?? ?:-)

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veena September 26, 2010 at 10:13 am

the dark orange squash colour :) the nail paint on the wooden board :D (not the green one on the towelie ) i lub blues though :-D

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Rati September 26, 2010 at 10:17 am

oh he he, I have worn that shade for quite some time. :))

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veena September 26, 2010 at 10:40 am

whch brand ? :D share the gyan… am going out this evening to look around….

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Rati September 26, 2010 at 11:23 am
calicoaster September 26, 2010 at 10:54 am

I have the NYX kit… :-P :-P :-P he he he!! :-D :-D :-D

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Rati September 26, 2010 at 11:24 am

:shock: :shock: :shock: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :smug: :teeth: :teeth: :teeth: :smug: :smug: :smug: :alien: :alien: :alien:

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veena September 26, 2010 at 2:00 pm

danq rati… :)_

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